Dogs love to go for walks, but you can always tell that they'd rather be running off the leash. And while suburban dogs might have the luxury of ample backyard space, most Philly dogs spend a lot of time on the leash. There are other options, though, and here's a map of where to go. Eight of the city's premier dog parks, mapped out just for you and Fido.Read More
Eight Great Parks to Enjoy With an Unleashed Canine Friend
Passyunk Square Dog Park
Though this park is small, it deserves some credit for including vertical play elements (okay, stumps,) for dogs to play on and the fact that it's maintained entirely by volunteers.
Schuylkill River Dog Run
This is the Cadillac of dog parks: even the grass is specially designed for dogs. If you have a dog in Philly, you owe it to your furry friend to come here at least once.
Seger Dog Run
This dog park requests an annual fee for upkeep and is run by volunteers. Fresh drinking water is available for dogs (and their human friends) during the spring and summer.
Orianna Hill Dog Park
This is a members-only dog park which sounds a lot more annoying than it is: basically, they charge a $50 fee annually to help maintain the park. It's a fairly small, shady park with mulch on the ground. One yelp reviewer recommends bringing an "adult beverage" to enjoy while watching your dog play, but your mileage may vary.
A smaller dog park with a foot operated dog fountain and readily available poo bags. Only three sides are fenced: the fourth is a low wall that isn't necessarily great at containing larger dogs.
Chester Avenue Dog Park
Another members-only park, but this one gets rave reviews for the amount of space it provides. There's even a dog pool. Becoming a member involves an interview, and a yearly fee.
Palmer Street Doggie Depot
This park, while small, is a welcome addition to the Big Green Block right by the Berks El stop in Kensington.
Clark Park Dog Bowl
Though the back half of Clark Park is not an official dog park, the small canyon in the park is well known as a play area for dogs. There are no fences, and there's a playground nearby, so this park is best for dogs that always come when called.